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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mike Frye
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Deborah Patterson
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Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway
Jesse White ...
Georgie Markham
Fay Roope ...
Tom Lorrison
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Martha Lorrison
Douglas Kennedy ...
Drunk
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Marie
John Indrisano ...
Johnny Terrento (as Johnny Indrisano)
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Marvin
Don Haggerty ...
Director Don
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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can find him. When a lookalike sends in a photo, the marketing team hires him to impersonate Callaway. Things get sticky when the real Callaway eventually shows up. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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15 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Esperto Contra Esperto  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Stretch' Barnes: Grandma used to say money can't buy happiness, but it sure is a most pleasant way of being miserable.
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Spoofs Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »

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You Wonderful You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the band at the Somerset Club
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A Wonderfully Wry Film Comedy
3 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Initially, I thought that "Callaway Went Thataway" was going to be a well-intentioned, cornball/hokey 1950's film. What a delight to find that the film is a charming comedy, leavened with a wickedly mordant wit. Stars Dorothy McGuire, Howard Keel and Fred MacMurray (playing against his usual good-guy, Steve Douglas - "My Three Sons" type) are all superb. Of course, the Hollywood nightclub scene, in which Howard Keel's character, cowboy Stretch Barnes, has absolutely no idea at all who the unbelievably-stunning Elizabeth Taylor and the uber-macho Clark Gable are, is uproariously funny! As previous posters have pointed out, look for such future, noteworthy television comedic actors as Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver of "Leave It to Beaver"), Natalie Schaeffer (Mrs. "Lovey" Howell of "Gilligan's Island") and a remarkably then-ectomorphic John Banner (Sgt. Schultz of "Hogan's Heroes") to appear in the film. "Callaway Went Thataway" is a gem that will not fail to delight and amuse you.


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